Where will HIT security be in 3 years?

by kvrba on April 17, 2014 · 0 comments

Security is a nightmare for all companies, but the very nature of healthcare makes it far worse. It’s not merely onerous government requirements for medical data, or the popularity of security-adverse mobile devices. It’s the need to give tiny medical offices – small, independent businesses, with typically no meaningful IT staff – full network access [...]

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An estimated 1 in 20 U.S. adults could be misdiagnosed during outpatient visits, and about half of those errors could prove to be harmful for the patient, finds a new study in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety. Misdiagnoses remain a major problem, healthcare quality and safety experts say, one that is often overlooked and [...]

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A recent report from Redspin, Inc., a Carpinteria, Calif.-based provider of IT security assessments, revealed that in 2013, the number of protected health information (PHI) breaches were up 138 percent from 2012, with 199 incidents of breaches of PHI reported to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) impacting over 7 million patient records. [...]

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Warding off fraud suits after CMS physician payment revelations

April 17, 2014

The release of Medicare’s payments to doctors could impact medical practices and health systems in a lot of ways, including being fodder for fraud accusations – a problem that’s worth getting ahead of from the get-go. Amid seemingly increasing healthcare fraud lawsuits and whistle-blower allegations, expect many lawyers, employees or former employees to go through [...]

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Hospitals adjusting billing collection practices to meet ACA changes

April 16, 2014

The Affordable Care Act has created some new realities for hospitals when it comes to billing and collecting from patients. Hospitals are adjusting by instituting a variety of processes. At Omaha’s Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, the focus is on helping those newly insured under the ACA navigate their responsibilities. In many cases, hospital staff [...]

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Health spending up after years of ‘self-rationing,’ report find

April 16, 2014

Patients are returning to the healthcare system after “several years of self-rationing,” as reflected in a 3.2% increase in 2013 prescription-drug expenditures to $329.2 billion, according to a new report. Physician office visits, hospital encounters and filled prescriptions all increased in 2013, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, a Parsippany, N.J.-based division of data analytics [...]

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HealthCare.gov wasn’t Sebelius’ only IT project, just the most high-profile

April 16, 2014

When U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned last week after five years of service, I wanted to know what members of FierceHealthIT’s Editorial Advisory board–comprised of hospital CIOs, attorneys and other health IT experts–thought of the news. After all, while her legacy will always be tied to the Affordable Care [...]

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Top 25 MU docs rake in Medicare cash

April 16, 2014

Meaningful use just might have its financial perks. That’s according to the top 25 highest performing meaningful users under the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, all of whom brought in some $171 million in Medicare payments back in 2012. What’s more, each was paid more than $5 million in Medicare reimbursements, said Steven Posnack, director [...]

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Practice management sees big investments

April 16, 2014

In yet another record quarter for venture capital, health information technology companies raked in $858 million since January, across 163 deals — a 154 percent increase compared to Q4 2013. Clinically-focused IT firms have attracted $460 million in 60 deals so far this year — practice management in the lead with $124 million in eight [...]

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3 ways to enhance the hospital supply chain

April 15, 2014

Supply chain costs are the second largest investment for hospitals behind only labor, accounting for as much as 40 percent of the total operating budget. While many organizations struggle to keep these costs in check, even modest improvements to supply chain performance and inventory management can significantly reduce operating costs, sometimes by as much as [...]

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